CJ Johnson Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

CJ Johnson

CJ Johnson
CJ Johnson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): ABC Radio (Australia)

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 91% Isle of Dogs (2018) Anderson's looking at war, retribution, notions of nationality and nationalism, isolationism, culture and individualism. And he's doing it with stop-motion dogs. He's something else, one of a kind, and we're lucky to have him. Isle of Dogs is sublime. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
1.5/5 81% The Party (2018) The script blatantly needed more work, and the direction is clumsy. Unable to slot into a comedic or dramatic groove, the film skips between the two uncomfortably; it's not an example of balanced tone ... Who could've thought 71 minutes could be so long?‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3.5/5 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) If you're a fan of Kaurismäki, you're already there. If you're a newbie and curious, this is a perfect opportunity to dip your toe in, as it's representative of his finest work. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
3/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) The ingredient that puts this very effective little horror gem over the top is Emily Blunt. Thousands of actresses have played women in peril in horror movies, but Blunt shows you the value of shelling out for one from the A-List.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
2/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) An overlong, meandering mess, and a stain on Spielberg's CV; it's certainly the least satisfying film of his I can remember seeing.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
1.5/5 82% Blockers (2018) Wallows in the kind of forced, saccharine sentimental schmaltz that much older films like Animal House and American Pie managed to avoid ... pretends to be progressive, but is actually mired in sloppy convention ... final twenty minutes are unwatchable.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3.5/5 42% Mary Magdalene (2018) A film of little dialogue, almost entirely made of mood. But the mood is pretty magical ... truly depicts how scary it would be to see someone brought back from the dead ... title is a cheat; this is the story of Christ, even if he has less close-ups.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
4.5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Enormously witty dialogue ... the finest of ensembles, headed by Steve Buscemi, in the performance his entire career has been leading to ... something of a satirical masterpiece, and a bloody good history lesson to boot!‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3.5/5 86% The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) (2017) Deeply researched, and the production design is astonishing ... even the cinematography seems to come from the period ... while there is gentle humour, and triumph, nothing is overplayed ... Its dignity and reserve are inseparable.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3.5/5 74% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Rigorous, taut and, despite its intense subject matter, restrained.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3.5/5 76% Kangaroo (2018) Eye-opening, revelatory, at times jaw-dropping, and a call to action.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
2/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) Almost prides itself on not being an "action movie", but it simply replaces traditional action - gunfights, fistfights, car chases - with multiple torture sequences, and, of course, the odd rape.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
4/5 84% The Square (2017) At its best, it skims sublimely from scene to scene, arousing constant knowing humour, satirical appreciation and - Östlund's speciality - ambiguous dread, before arriving at the scene of the year.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
2.5/5 82% Game Night (2018) Although the leads seem perfect on paper ... unusually for both of them, they're trying too hard ... The film spins endless jokes and almost none are funny. It simply reminds you of better films, and in doing so, survives for one hundred minutes.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
3.5/5 96% Black Panther (2018) It's very long, but, unlike some of the Marvel movies, it's neither bloated nor convoluted. Instead, it's proud ... Thankfully there aren't a lot of references to other Marvel properties. Iron Man doesn't zip in and save the day. Can you imagine?‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/5 97% Menashe (2017) A small tale of beauty, sadness and undeniable fascination ... In a way, the film is a kind of documentary hybrid; we're seeing a story, but what we're really watching is the milieu, which has never been depicted on film before with this veracity.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
4/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) The script is fantastic - smart, witty, revealing, precise, and concise ... Ronan is staggeringly charming and appealing, even when Lady Bird is not ... I could have watched it for days.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
4/5 67% Happy End (2017) The more you know his work, the more you'll enjoy this one, because the more you'll get the inside jokes. The opening shot is brilliantly witty, but it's downright piquant if you've seen Caché. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) A masterpiece ... The multiple thoughts, contradictions and emotions these actors are allowed to display under Anderson's watchful eye are mind-boggling in their multitude ... Enormously disciplined, precise, and bold. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
4/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) It plays one note, but it plays it very, very well.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
4/5 98% Jane (2017) The footage is astonishing: crisp, vibrant, immediate and beautifully framed ... has a surprising narrative drive ... [as] Morgen edits the footage to shape the story of Goodall's career, rather than in the order it was shot.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
4/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) A broader biopic than you may be expecting ... very, very funny, but also moving and tough ... That's the kind of movie this is: not the kind you think, to its absolute credit.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
2.5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) A tonally bonkers high-gloss mainstream-adjacent oddity ... Spielberg crossed with Jean-Pierre Jeunet crossed with David Cronenberg ... full of childlike wonder but also a childish desire to shock. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3.5/5 76% Swinging Safari (2018) There's a hell of a lot of stuff, everywhere, all the time, and the sheer energy of it all is contagious, propulsive, and fun ... the colourful direction, performances and design make for an engaging and relentlessly entertaining ninety-six minutes.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3.5/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) You come, and you stay, for Oldman ... [His performance is] uncanny, it's technically virtuosic, it's mesmerising ... [he] gets the humour, the doubt, the drunkenness, the moods, the intelligence, the heart and soul. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3.5/5 87% The Post (2018) Spectacularly entertaining, in the way that Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jaws are spectacularly entertaining. Breathlessly paced, it's a journalist-movie thrill ride ... There is no reason not to see it. It is professional, angry, and fun.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3.5/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) Works best, not as a true-crime kidnap thriller, but as yet another reminder - always timely, and particularly now, as billionaires buy political capital - that all the money in the world can't make you happy, and will probably make you an ass.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
4/5 97% Coco (2017) It seems like the kind of speculative material that would be easy to get spectacularly wrong, and it is to Disney and Pixar's credit that they've been bold enough to go there, with class, respect and ultimate integrity.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
2.5/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) I was propelled from scene to scene during Three Billboards, even as I found each of them to be annoyingly imperfect: blueprints for better versions of themselves, if given another draft or pass, some more time and care.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
4/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It is incredibly pleasant to spend a couple of hours with characters as unashamedly smart as this. It is rare these days to find English-speaking characters who revel in the pleasures of intellectual discussion, who celebrate each other's braininess.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4.5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) Enormously compassionate; joyous and funny, incisive and surprising, and truly subversive ... manages to be furious about the state of affairs in the United States while never raising its voice nor venturing near any political imagery.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
4/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) Chock full of fantastical London sets, a million and one famous British thespians having a whale of a time, and good cheer, love and joy. It's even better than the first one, having more jokes for the adults while a much better villain for the kids.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) You'll come for the promise - fulfilled - of excellent production design and a feast of fabulous British thespians, but you'll stay for the surprisingly engaging story. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
1.5/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) The kind of movie where the actors step from one shaft of sunlight carefully into another, their performances stiff as wind-up toys, hampered by the need to place their faces "just so" to catch the light ... misuses PTSD as a cheap sentimental trick.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
4/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) One of the funniest films I've seen in years ... epic chops as a faithful adaptation of an intriguing memoir, an odd-couple buddy movie, Tale of Hollywood, and meditation on ambition ... an honestly motivated biographical adaptation, not a piss-take. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3/5 90% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) The whole film, only 1 hour and 42 minutes, makes its point over and again, and could have been tighter ... That said, the milieu is intriguing, the metaphors at play are clear and enlightening, and Mauréry's performance is absolutely worth catching.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3/5 83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) Surprisingly sombre in tone, Metz's debut scripted feature film ambitiously delves into the psychology of these two men, and that of elite sportspeople in general ... Borg's crisis of confidence and McEnroe's arrogance result in two unlikeable leads.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
2/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) At least Branagh's Hercule Poirot is fun and multi-layered, but the rest of the cast are hung out to dry, hammily looking off into the middle distance to imply that they might have done it ... Dull as dishwater.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4.5/5 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Gripping, creepy, intense and wholly original. It slots beautifully into 2017 as The Year Of Intelligent Horror; it is also, easily, one of the best films of the year.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3.5/5 87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) An obvious labour of love, this is a film with extremely deep affection for its characters, which you will certainly share by the end.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
4/5 84% Detroit (2017) Magnificent.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2017
3/5 72% Final Portrait (2018) This modest, extremely charming labor of love from writer/director Stanley Tucci is not intended for anyone who can't wait for the next Transformers. But if you're interested in Paris, art, the 1960s or any combination, it may be right up your alley.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
3.5/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Hits a very specific bullseye ... How Ingrid Goes West affects you will almost certainly depend on your current relationship with social media.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
4/5 92% Good Time (2017) It's intriguing, bold, exciting, fresh and urgent ... The first twenty minutes or so are staggering ... The original score, by Oneohtrix Point Never, is creepy, evocative and the best of the year thus far.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2017
3/5 84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) At least one terrific and original set-piece, some fascinating design, and, most intriguingly, an out-of-the-box performance from Glenn Close, playing a military scientist with military precision.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
4/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) [Mimics] the very particular look, sound and feel of the earlier film with eerie specificity ... generally hugely enjoyable ... story-telling is its weakest aspect ... the long third act has elements that are simply incomprehensible.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
3/5 91% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) At times it strains a little too hard, but generally, and especially amongst the performances, there is clarity, precision and taste. I suspect that if you've ever given or received an organ you'll find the film respectful and rewarding.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
3.5/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Fun and extremely easy to watch. But ... feels like a massive missed opportunity.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4/5 84% The King's Choice (2017) A deeply affecting story on a personal level, not only full of suspense and tension but also emotion. If Dunkirk is this year's Big World War Two film about the planes and the boats, this is the one about the people.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3.5/5 52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Part of the film's shtick is that there's just so much of it ... You can feel comfortable going to the bathroom when you need to, because, in the extremely grand scale of things, you can't have really missed anything, because there's so much more to come.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017